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Automating Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Administration with Windows PowerShell® 2.0 by Shannon Bray, Gary Lapointe

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Deploy and Manage Farm Solutions

Farm Solutions play a key role in how we distribute customizations to our SharePoint Farm. A Solution Package, whether it is a Farm Solution or a Sandboxed Solution, is effectively just a CAB file that has a .wsp filename extension. SharePoint is able to open this CAB file and use the instructions contained within it to deploy all the appropriate artifacts to the correct location. To appreciate the benefit of Farm Solutions, imagine that you have a SharePoint Farm that comprises numerous application and web front-end servers. Without a Farm Solution, you would have to deploy your customizations to each server manually. Not only does this lead to inconsistency, it is just a terrible practice because adding new ...

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